Allen Ginsberg and Jerry Granelli, Naropa 1981

[Allen Ginsberg]

                                                                  [Jerry Granelli]

Allen Ginsberg and jazz drummer Jerry Granelli team up this weekend on a vintage recording made in 1981 at NaropaThe recording begins with (as warm up) two improvisations on Hart Crane and William Blake

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[The Last Gathering of Beats Poets and Artists, City Lights Books, North Beach, San Francisco, 1965″ – Photographed by Larry Keenan – (front row: Robert LaVigne, Shigeyoshi Murao, Larry Fagin, Leyland Meyezove (lying down), Lew Welch, Peter Orlovsky, second row: David Meltzer, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Langton, Steve (friend of Allen), Richard Brautigan, Gary Goodrow, Nemi Frost, back row: 
Stella Levy, Lawrence Ferlinghetti] 

New York, Paris, Manchester, England –  Looking forward this summer to three big Beat extravaganzas. Taking them in order – June 3rd to 8th at the Howl Happening Space in New York City  (and … Read More

Allen Ginsberg Montreal, 1969 (Q & A – 13) – (The (Alternative) American Tradition)

                                [William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)]Q:  (Describe for me some of your  important influences?)  

AG: William Carlos Williams as a poet – partly because of his charm and his human eyes. He had a..he had a kindly sympathy for younger poets and an openness that came from partly from being, like, just a simple, straight, doctor man, and a desire to write a poetry that was completely his own diction, and his own rhythms, and his own speech, rather than a poetry which is a reflection of another culture … Read More

Allen Ginsberg (Montreal, 1969 (Q & A – 12) (Sex and Marriage and Kali Yuga)

                      [The Sexual Freedom League, Stanford, 1969 – Photograph by Larry Keenan]Q: If somebody gave you the power to create a new sexual cult, what kind of cult would you create?

AG: I’d create one about me, so I could get laid… I haven’t been making out.. I haven’t been making out in about a year now! I’m getting old and tired and bored, you know! – I don’t know.. The other thing is… One thing I’ve been thinking is – it may be that all along the whole Catholic … Read More

April 5 – Anniversary of Allen’s death – Allen’s Parinirvana

[Allen holding an abbreviated version of his poem “Gone, Gone, Gone (Gone gone gone / gone with yesterday / gone gone gone /all gone old & gray / Gone, gone, gone /Gone to graveyard play / with spells & / Tombstones Gay!”) January 1997. Photo: c. Richard Nagler, used with permission]Nineteen years ago on this day, Allen’s passing. The two definitive accounts by Rosebud Feliu Pettet and by Gelek Rinpoche can be found – hereHere‘s an additional note, courtesy our good friends at Empty Mirror, and Hammond Guthrie,  Allen Ginsberg and Philomene Long Thomas’  

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Allen Ginsberg Montreal 1969 Q & A – 11 (Canada)

Q: You sense any change in the atmosphere when you come out of the (United) States and come to any other country, like Canada)?
AG: There’s a little change in downtown atmosphere, say here (Montreal) , compared to New York, or even Portland, where I was last, because the signs are  smaller, there’s less of..no, seriously..there’s less of an intrusion on your nervous system  (of  your) eyeball nervous system, driving downtown here, (the heaviest part of downtown) than there is driving through a heavy downtown in the (United) States. There’s just less of a claim on your attention.
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Anne Waldman’s Birthday

Anne Waldman‘s birthday today. It’s become a regular feature here on the Allen Ginsberg Project. See earlier Anne Waldman birthday celebrations here,  here,  herehere, and  hereHer reading in 1977 with Allen can be heard here – (see also here and here)A more recent (December 2015) posting on the comprehensive on-line celebration of her work (on the occasion of her 70th birthday) on Jim Cohn‘s Napalm Health Spa can be viewed hereand for more – much more – go here to her official web-site Anne Waldman, this past November, pitching for Naropa’s Jack Read More

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[“WAR IS BLACK MAGIC/ BELLY FLOWERS TO NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM/ INCLUDE EVERYBODY/ END THE HUMAN WAR/NAME HYPNOSIS FEAR IS THE/ ENEMY- SATAN GO HOME/ I ACCEPT AMERICA AND RED CHINA/ TO THE HUMAN RACE – / MADAM NHU &  MAO TSE TUNG/ ARE IN THE SAME BOAT OF MEAT” – Allen Ginsberg, in 1963, in San Francisco, in front of the Palace Hotel, picketing the visit of Madame Nhu (the First Lady of South Vietnam)”]  

Wait Till I’m Dead is reviewed in the San Francisco papers  – Diana Whitney: “When asked how he wanted to be remembered, … Read More